- (formerly in India and other Eastern countries) a passenger conveyance, usually for one person, consisting of a covered or boxlike litter carried by means of poles resting on the shoulders of several men.
Origin of palanquin
Examples from the Web for palanquin
I had been trying to see the person who sat in the palanquin.The Room in the Dragon Volant
J. Sheridan LeFanu
When their master's palanquin passed, they bowed their heads to the dust, as was proper.Japanese Fairy World
William Elliot Griffis
They had with them a god, which they were carrying in a palanquin.India and the Indians
Edward F. Elwin
There they set down the palanquin with the queen in it, and started home again.The Olive Fairy Book
The palanquin is carried by porters—just as in the drawing given above.Little Folks (July 1884)
- a covered litter, formerly used in the Orient, carried on the shoulders of four men
Word Origin and History for palanquin
"a covered litter," 1580s, from Portuguese palanquim (early 16c.), from Malay and Javanese palangki "litter, sedan," ultimately from Sanskrit palyanka-s "couch, bed, litter," from pari "around" + ancati "it bends, curves," related to anka-s "a bend, hook, angle," and meaning, perhaps, "that which bends around the body." Some have noted the "curious coincidence" of Spanish palanca, from Latin phalanga "pole to carry a burden."